After meeting with a representative from The Royal College of Nursing, Wera agreed to lend her support to the cause.
Nurses have been operating under increasingly desperate working conditions as a result of government healthcare cuts, increasing patient numbers and stagnating wages.
In May 2017 The Royal College of Nurses carried out a survey, asking health care professionals about their last shift. They received over 30,000 responses in two weeks, with a clear and unified message. When there is a shortfall of staff, patient care suffers.
Wera said: “Nurses should receive the recognition that they deserve. This recognition shouldn’t merely be verbal, it should take the form of the government properly funding the NHS so that Nurses can do their jobs. The government should be listening to them, and reflect this in their policy.”
“I believe the Liberal Democrat policy of taking a penny in the pound on income tax directly for the NHS would go a long way to solving this crisis.”
"Case and point; the A&E at the RUH has been on ‘black alert’ for the last two days. Increased funding for the NHS would mean our local hospital would be better placed to deal with the massive strain it finds itself under.”